Formed around a shared identity, passion, or purpose, Affinity Groups are one of the opportunities for small group connection at UUCE. They provide a space to make new friends, deepen connections, learn & grow, and uphold our values. Our current groups are listed alphabetically below. Each year, groups complete a charter in the fall, and submit an annual report in the spring. To start a new group, click the blue button below.

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 Our meetings are open to both disabled folks and allies. The voices and needs of disabled people are the focus of our meetings.

During the pandemic, the ATF is meeting the fourth Sunday of every month and holding Access Forums when there is a fifth Sunday in any month both on Zoom. 

For more information, click here, or contact Co-Chairs David Oaks and Merri Carlisle at access@uueugene.org

All Comers Craft Circle

As of January 2022, we are meeting at UUCE in person once again, from 6pm to 8pm in the Social Hall on 2nd Tuesdays. 

No need to pre-register or commit to coming regularly – just show up with your craft! 

Friends and Family from outside the church are welcome and encouraged to come as well.  

Contact: crafters@uueugene.org

Open to all who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.  

We are currently meeting monthly on the second Sunday, after the service from 11:30am – 12:30pm in the Chapel and on Zoom for a discussion that is centered around a theme (e.g. a specific book, something from the media, a particular topic) that the group has selected at the prior month’s meeting. 

For more information, contact bipoc@uueugene.org.

Newcomers Welcome. Since 2006 we’ve met every Tuesday morning to look at and learn about birds, followed by breakfast and conversation at a local eatery.

*During the pandemic, we are in contact with one another via the Birders CommUUnity Email Group, email tech@uueugene.org with your request to get connected*

Click the image to the right to learn more. 

Contact: forthebirds@uueugene.org.

Handy volunteers gather on Tuesdays from 9am to Noon to care for our Building and the Grounds. They begin each morning in the kitchen with coffee and planning, and usually have some snacks!

Weekly activities include making repairs, hanging signs, installing new fixtures and appliances, pulling weeds and digging holes, moving or replacing furniture, painting and spackling things, and so much more.  There’s always a way to lend a hand. 

To help out, you can just show up! Questions? BAG@uueugene.org 

A weekly check-in on Tuesdays at Noon over Zoom. Connect with your community, over coffee, tea, or the beverage of your choice.  Bring your joys and sorrows and whatever else is on your heart and mind for this opportunity to connect mid-week with with each other.  Facilitation is rotated amongst regular attendees. A guiding question is offered, as is an opportunity to check in generally.  All are welcome. 

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, queer, intersex, asexual, agender, and aromantic folx ages 18 and over are invited to join us each month for time to connect and reflect upon a topic together. 

This group meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 4-5pm at UUCE and/or online. Email LGBTQIA-contact@uueugene.org with any questions and for this month’s meeting details. 

Our men’s groups are open to all who identify as men, inclusive of trans and gender non-conforming men. You are welcome to be part of open discussions on topics that change each week. 

We have groups that meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Evenings

Click the image to learn more or contact the coordinators at: men@uueugene.org.

We are members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene who meet monthly to encourage each other in writing poetry. We do so through supportive suggestions, discussion, and sharing ideas and resources. Additional poetry groups can be formed at any time. 

View more details here.

Sew for a Cause is a group of people who love to sew and have joined to create useful fabric items for those in need. Our donations go to Bags of Love. We currently work at home and keep in touch via a monthly zoom meeting.

Interested newcomers are welcome. We also welcome donations of kid-friendly cotton percales/flannels and fleece. For information on making a donation or to receive an invite to our next meeting, contact sewing@uueugene.org.

Sister Circles are ongoing, self-run groups open to all church members and friends who self-identify as women.

Groups can form around ritual, friendship, study or discussion preferences, walking, volunteer activities, etc.

Click the image to the left, or the blue text for more details.

This affinity group connects and gives social support to people who live in or otherwise have an interest in Springfield and the areas East of Eugene with shared UU values and principles. 

This group meets monthly on the 1st & 3rd Fridays, 6-8pm, and is coordinated by Kristen Cure and Emily Ciscell. 

Questions for this group or requests to join can be emailed to:
 springfieldandbeyond@uueugene.org

Group Charters

If you’d like to start a new group, gather together and fill out the UUCE Group Charter & Budget Request Form. Use this form even if you don’t need funding.  Need help? Contact the Ministry Council, ministrycouncil@uueugene.org 

The purpose of the Group Charter is to encourage group identity and autonomy while promoting right relations across all groups and individuals within our beloved community, celebrating our larger congregational covenant while supporting activities and allocating resources when approved by the Board of Trustees.